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Contact Bingen-White Salmon Police Department at:
Non-Critical Emergency Phone: 509-493-1177
Business Hours: 509-493-1133 ext 300
After Hours & Weekends: 509-493-2660
170 NW Lincoln Street
White Salmon, WA 98672
About Bingen-White Salmon Police Department
The Bingen-White Salmon Police Department is here to Serve, Protect and Defend YOU, the citizens and guests of our community. We are a small rural police department that serves two separate incorporated cities, the City of Bingen, and the City of White Salmon. We pride ourselves on providing the best law enforcement services possible to our citizens. The Bingen-White Salmon Police Department is here to Serve, Protect and Defend YOU, the citizens and guests of our community.
The Police Department is committed to providing excellent service and protection while reducing crime and disorder by targeting unlawful activities, apprehending offenders, and providing useful information to the community. The department is continually trying to improve its capabilities, to keep up with the challenges of providing law enforcement services to our citizens, who are our friends and neighbors. All members of this department know it is only by working with, and listening to our community, our citizens, our friends, and each other, will we continue to improve the quality of life we all enjoy in this wonderful place we are lucky enough to call home.
- Authority – Our Police officers cite infractions and misdemeanor violations of the Bingen and White Salmon Municipal Code (BWC and WSMC) and portions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) which have been adopted by the City of Bingen and White Salmon directly into West District Court. Felony crimes are referred to the Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for filing with the Klickitat County Superior Court. Officers handle nuisance violations, such as inoperable vehicles, on publicly owned property within the City and will deal with those on private property. They also deal with Animal control issues.
- Certification – All regular officers in the department are certified by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission as General Authority Law Enforcement Officers. Certification is obtained by attending and successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy Program.
- All reserve officers are also certified by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission as General Authority Reserve Law Enforcement Officers. Certification is obtained by attending and successful completion of the Reserve Basic Law Enforcement Academy Program.
- All officers and reserves are required to maintain competency by attending continuing education courses at specified intervals. Regular training also includes Firearms and Emergency Vehicle Operation.
- In addition all officers and reserves may obtain additional certification in other law enforcement programs such as: Radar Operation Vehicle Enforcement Criminal Investigation Investigative Techniques Firearms Instructor Supervision Victim Counseling Self Defense Accident Investigation (Vehicle)
Civil Issues – Police officers in the State of Washington have a general criminal authority but only very limited civil authority. Civil issues are those that involve private arrangements between citizens. Criminal issues are those that involve actions or omissions that have been defined as criminal behavior by law and may be punished by fine or imprisonment (there are a few exceptions that are punishable by fine only). Civil issues are those that involve private arrangements between citizens. Common examples of civil issues are landlord-tenant disputes and personal property disputes between spouses or roommates, or failure of fulfillment of private contract obligations such as a vehicle sale or repair/installation of home products. Officers cannot give legal advice on civil matters. If you are involved in a civil dispute, contact an attorney.
Labor Representation – All officers except the Chief of Police are members of the AFSCME AFL-CIO.
We are located at 170 NW Lincoln Street, White Salmon. Our lobby is open from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday to serve you. During business hours you can call 509-493-1133 ext 300 for assistance. If you need to speak to an officer after hours or on the weekend, call 509-493-2660, and an officer will be dispatched to contact you.
For More Information go to the BWSPolice Department website